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Artist reinvents himself

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A former wood cutter and log home builder, Tim Althauser taught himself how to paint

By Mandy Marksteiner

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery will have a reception for its exhibit, “Old West, New West,” featuring the works of local artists Tim Althauser, Danne DeBacker, Cindy Valdez, Connie Pacheco and Kathy Hjeresen, from 5-7 p.m. April 29.
“It feels like I’ve won the lottery every time I sell a painting … and now it’s happening more and more often,” said Nambé painter, Tim Althauser.
He recently sold a painting to a collector in Dallas and a big painting to another collector in San Francisco. He has 10 paintings in the Downey Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, and he may have already sold the half-finished painting on his easel.
It’s no surprise that his work is popular. He captures the liberated feeling one gets when out in nature, gazing up at the sky and listening to the breeze in the leaves. The aspens in his paintings are lifelike and realistic; one would think he has spent his entire life staring up at trees, and the fact is, he has. Before becoming an artist, Althauser cut timber and built log houses in Arizona and Colorado for over 15 years.


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